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We’ve had an exciting semester at the UM School of Pharmacy!

The spring is always bustling with activity – not only at the pharmacy school but also across the entire university as we prepare for commencement ceremonies. We just graduated another class of B.S.P.S. and Pharm.D. students, and we are exceedingly proud of each and every one of them. Congratulations to all of our 2013 graduates! I am eager to see these students continue their roles in our professional curriculum or assume roles in the pharmacy profession. This year’s Pharmacy Alumni Weekend in March was an exceptional event. I was pleased to honor Dr. Montez Carter as our Distinguished Alumnus, as well as John and Wendy McKinney as our Distinguished Service Award winners (See story, page 29). All three are wonderful representatives of the high caliber of our school’s alumni. In April we held our first Community Pharmacy Forum on the Jackson campus. It was a great opportunity for pharmacists from across Mississippi to come together with School of Pharmacy faculty and students and discuss current issues related to community pharmacy. It was particularly gratifying that, though not overtly planned, the central theme of all discussions was our patients. I am thankful to Good Neighbor Pharmacy for co-hosting the event and helping us bring it to fruition. I often use the term “pharmacy family” to describe everyone associated with the School of Pharmacy. That includes alumni, students, faculty, emeriti, staff and friends. Over the years I’ve learned that pharmacy is a close-knit family, but I believe it to be even more evident in Mississippi. In this edition of Pharmacy Matters, we have devoted pages entirely to that theme. As you read your magazine, please watch for these “Family Matters” features to get a good look at some of the people who make our school great. Speaking of family, one of our most beloved members is leaving us this summer. After almost 43 years with the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Marvin C. Wilson, associate dean for academic and student affairs, has announced his retirement. Dr. Wilson has touched the lives of literally thousands of our pharmacy students, as well as our faculty and staff. He has been a longtime friend and mentor to me, and it is hard to imagine that he will not be involved with us full-time. However, we are not losing him completely! Dr. Wilson will be returning in a part-time capacity after a three-month break. As you have probably noticed, one way that we are honoring him is with our cover story. Another is through the Marvin C. Wilson Scholarship Endowment. We hope to fully endow the scholarship by raising $25,000 to carry on Dr. Wilson’s legacy of dedication to students. If you would like to join my wife, Loree, and me in contributing, please contact Raina McClure at I want to thank you for reading this letter and this magazine. We are so thrilled with the positive feedback that we’ve received about our stories and publications. We also want you to stay up-to-date with news coming out of the School of Pharmacy. An easy way to do that is to connect with us via social media. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and even follow us on Pinterest! And as always, keep reading Pharmacy Matters. We have lots of great stories to share. Hotty Toddy!


David D. Allen, R.Ph., Ph.D., Dean



Dr. David D. Allen Dean and Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Alicia Bouldin

4 Bittersweet Moment

Marvin C. Wilson retires as pharmacy’s associate dean


Pharmacognosist speaks to United Nations about marine research


18 Building Excellence


Dynamic Duo

Dr. Charles D. Hufford Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

14 Wave of the Future

Associate Dean of Outcomes Assessment and Learning Advancement

Dr. Leigh Ann Ross Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Marvin C. Wilson Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Ms. Chelsea Bennett Assistant Dean of Student Services

Ole Miss dedicates eco-friendly medicinal plant garden complex

Ms. Beverly M. Butts


Dr. Stephen J. Cutler

Assistant Dean of Administration Chair of Medicinal Chemistry

22 A Family Affair

Dr. Daneel Ferreira

Scholarship celebrates quintessential Southern pharmacy

Dr. Michael A. Repka


Chair of Pharmacognosy Chair of Pharmaceutics

Dr. Anthony J. Verlangieri Interim Chair of Pharmacology

30 A League of Their Own

Dr. Donna S. West-Strum

Pharmacy student-athletes exhibit exceptional determination

Dr. Marc Slattery



Life after Retirement

Chair of Pharmacy Administration


Honoring Achievement Stay in touch with the School of Pharmacy! Update your contact information using this QR code:

Coordinator of Environmental Toxicology Research Program

INSTITUTES & CENTERS Dr. Benjamin F. Banahan III Director of Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management

Dr. Michael A. Repka Director of Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology

Dr. Larry A. Walker Director of National Center for Natural Products Research

ON THE COVER Marvin C. Wilson Photography by Robert Jordan



Bittersweet Moment

Marvin C. Wilson retires as pharmacy’s associate dean

By Barbara Lago and Erin Garrett

When budding


pharmacists gather each spring to receive their coveted Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the moment is especially sweet for Marvin C. Wilson — the man who recruited many of them to Ole Miss. As he calls the graduates’ names, summoning each to cross the stage and receive their degree, Wilson beams as broadly as any proud father watching his children graduate from college, prepared to make their way in the world. Similarly, Wilson beams each fall as he summons members of another group of pharmacy students to the stage to don their white coats, that


universal symbol of health-related professionals, for the first time, signaling entry into the professional portion of their studies. By the time they graduate, Wilson has worked with many of these students for seven years, helping them navigate three years of pre-professional and four years of professional curricula. Despite retiring at the end of June, Wilson will be calling students’ names at School of Pharmacy commencement and white coat ceremonies for seven more years. That’s because he is already invested in these future graduates’ lives. He has advised them

about their courses, awarded them scholarships and encouraged them to focus on their goals. He has also made promises to them and their parents, and he wants to celebrate these two milestones with them. “His commitment to students, especially those he is advising, is unparalleled,” said David D. Allen, the school’s dean. “He has a huge heart, and he wants everybody to do well. He takes it personally when someone stumbles, then helps them get back on the right track.” During his nearly 43 years at Ole Miss, Wilson has been involved in the education of thousands of pharmacy

students, first as a pharmacology professor, then chair of pharmacology and finally associate dean for academic and student affairs. As the latter, he advised pharmacy’s early-entry students but was so dedicated to helping all students that he became their mentor, confidant and friend for the remainder of their academic journeys. “Many students considered him a sensitive, approachable figure,” said Jillian Foster (PharmD 04, MBA 08), director of pharmacy at Baptist Memorial Hospital–North Mississippi. “Because it was often confidential, the behind-the-scenes compassion he offered students in need is something we will never fully comprehend, but we know he touched many lives and figured out a way to help them succeed.”

Encouraging leadership Among those whose lives he touched is David F. Gregory (BSPh 84, PharmD 99), director for education, research and clinical services in the pharmacy administration department at Vanderbilt University. “He was known as a man of integrity who understood the value of each student and challenged all of them to reach greater heights within their circle of influence,” Gregory said. For many students, Wilson did so long after they graduated. “Even as a student, he encouraged me to exercise leadership,” said Foster, who became president of the Mississippi Society of Hospital Pharmacists, serves on the Mississippi Pharmacists Association’s executive committee, chairs MPhA’s education committee and is president of the pharmacy school’s alumni chapter. “Over the years, he has continued to offer so many subtle words of encouragement,” Foster said. “He has a quiet way of boosting the confidence of those he believes in, and I so much

“He was known as a man of integrity who understood the value of each student and challenged all of them to reach greater heights within their circle of influence. —David F. Gregory appreciate the respect he has shown me over the last decade.” To those who followed Wilson into academia rather than pharmacy practice, he was the perfect role model. “During pharmacy school, he was one of those who made me think about going to graduate school and becoming a faculty member,” said Donna West-Strum (BSPh 95, MS 97, PhD 99), professor and chair of pharmacy administration. “He mentored me and helped me make those choices. As a new department chair, I knew I could go to his office and find someone who would listen and provide appropriate advice or comment because he strives for excellence in everything he does.” Gregory said that Wilson impacted his career by modeling a commitment to education based on quality, teamwork and integrity. “His teaching style was legendary,” Gregory said. “He was always

well-prepared, and he was one of the hardest professors we ever had. But we understood he was training us for lifelong learning. We also knew he cared because he participated in so many of our extracurricular activities.”

Change agent Kenneth B. Roberts, UM’s pharmacy school dean from 1989 to 2000, tapped Wilson to become the school’s first associate dean for academic affairs in 1994, when pharmacy education was moving from the bachelor’s degree to the Doctor of Pharmacy, or Pharm.D., degree. “I needed an academic affairs person to lead the transition internally, so I could lead the transition externally,” he said. “Marvin was one of the most highly regarded faculty members because of what he taught and how he taught. He was extremely rigorous, but the students loved him for it.”



Wilson chaired the committee Roberts appointed to develop the Pharm.D. curriculum; then he was made associate dean to implement it. “Marvin was also instrumental in implementing the school’s problembased learning curriculum,” said Roberts, Slone professor for community pharmacy leadership and pharmacy dean emeritus at the University of Kentucky. “Both initiatives drew the eyes of pharmacy educators across the nation,” he said. Those initiatives also gave the pharmacy school a big boost in national rankings.

Focus on quality Barbara G. Wells, UM’s pharmacy dean from 2001 to 2011, was the one who added “and student” to Wilson’s associate dean for academic and student affairs title. “Marvin provided the essential leadership in developing, implementing and managing a quality program for academic support, student development

and student advocacy,” Wells said. “This includes leading the admissions and scholarship awards programs. It sounds simple, but doing all of this in a high-quality way, as Dr. Wilson did, requires great knowledge, skills, savvy, persistence and patience.” Wells said that Wilson also led two of the school’s self-studies, which are essential not only to its reaccreditation process but also to its continued growth and development. “Marvin has a vast knowledge and extensive background and experience in academic and student affairs, and he has a passion for continuously improving both programs,” Wells said. “He is deeply committed to doing what is best for students and the school. He also cares deeply about the welfare and success of students, and about the national reputation of the School of Pharmacy.” “Accreditation standards change, thus our pre-pharmacy and pharmacy curricula have changed,” West-Strum said. “Dr. Wilson was able to guide

the faculty through these changes to ensure that our students receive the best pharmacy education in the nation and that we meet ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) standards. He deserves recognition for making our Pharm.D. program one of the best in the country.” Today, the school’s problem-based learning and case-based curriculum provides students with ample opportunities to assess and counsel patients, monitor their drug therapies and dispense their medications. It also enables nearly 100 percent of them to pass the national licensure exam on their first attempt, a selling point for prospective students and their parents thinking about investing in seven years of pharmacy school. The curriculum also makes the school’s graduates highly sought-after employees. Most of them have job offers before they graduate and go to work shortly after graduation. West-Strum said Wilson should also be commended for creating the

UM honors Wilson for service to students For almost 20 years


, the Frist Student Service Award has recognized University of Mississippi employees who go above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to students. The university presented one of these coveted awards to Marvin C. Wilson, the School of Pharmacy’s associate dean for academic and student affairs. Wilson and another Frist Award recipient, Amy Saxton, operations supervisor in the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, were chosen from dozens of nominees submitted by students, alumni, faculty and staff. A chancellor’s committee weighed all the nominations and made the picks. “Our faculty and staff work hard to be service-oriented and to help students any way they can, so to be recognized by their peers and by students as a leader in service affirms


the extraordinary level of commitment of the Frist recipients,” Chancellor Dan Jones said. The awards, one for faculty and one for staff, were established with a gift from Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr. of Nashville, a 1930 UM graduate. This is the 19th year for the awards. The recipients each received $1,000 and a plaque and were honored during UM’s main commencement ceremony May 11. “I am so humbled that the university has chosen to acknowledge me in this way,” Wilson said. “It’s quite overwhelming. The Frist Award is such a great honor, and it means so much to me that people on our campus chose to nominate me for the award.” Wilson has been a faculty member at the School of Pharmacy for almost 43 years. As associate dean of academic

university’s early-entry program, which enables prospective students to apply for admission to the School of Pharmacy during their senior year of high school, rather than after completing their pre-pharmacy course work. Those selected are able to interact with pharmacy students and faculty as freshmen and are eligible for scholarships unavailable to other students. “He has been a champion for this program, and it helps us recruit some of the best and brightest students from across the country to our school,” West-Strum said. Gregory dubs Wilson’s leadership and development of the early-entry program a “stellar achievement that others are trying to emulate.”

marijuana farm; leaving the pharmacy building to head home after work and discovering his students had lifted his Ford Escort and put it on the sidewalk; or the time “David Gregory got the key to my mo-ped from Becky (Wilson’s wife), then rode it into the auditorium where I was teaching.” “I imitated Marvin in a skit, in which I ‘borrowed’ his mo-ped with Becky’s assistance, then proceeded to give a pharmacology lecture,” Gregory said. “Not to be outdone, about two minutes after class was supposed to begin the next day, Marvin comes bursting through the lecture hall doors in a

Monkey business Wilson’s 43 years with the pharmacy school are packed with cherished memories of incidents that he is quick to share with others. They include chasing monkeys after they had gotten loose and were roaming the school’s

and student affairs, he has been involved in the education of literally thousands of pharmacy students. He also serves as a professor of pharmacology and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Many nominations praised Wilson for being a mentor and confidant to numerous pharmacy students. “I am amazed by the details that Dr. Wilson knows about each of our students, not just where they are from but also about their career and personal interests,” one nomination said. “He takes the time to meet with each of our students one-on-one at least twice during their time in pharmacy school to talk about their development as well as to gather feedback on the school’s performance.” Another letter praised Wilson’s dedication to helping students interact with the school’s faculty. “He often visits the

2008 Womanless Beauty Pageant Winner Marvin C. Wilson

student lounge to chat with us about how the semester is going. There have been various times that he has gone out of the way to encourage me.” After learning about his plans to retire June 30, the school’s students organized a retirement reception. “The fact that I am retiring this year makes the award a bittersweet honor,” Wilson said. “I have been so blessed to work with the students, faculty and staff in the School of Pharmacy. “The students have been so intelligent, passionate, service-oriented, and expect a lot of themselves and each other. I wouldn’t trade my experience [here] for anything. It has been so rewarding to have my prior students become members of our faculty and leaders and innovators of the pharmacy profession in Mississippi.”




curly wig and walking fast to imitate me. “It was classic, and the class literally lost it. He has a wonderful sense of humor.” Wilson’s students and faculty colleagues caught Wilson (center) poses with early-entry students at a student-hosted reception during glimpses of that humor Pharmacy Alumni Weekend in March. many times, including those who watched him walk away In December, when Wilson an“I like music, and I have a Lego with the crown at Kappa Epsilon’s nounced he was retiring in June, BenStar Wars collection,” he said. “I en2008 Womanless Beauty Pageant for joy working in the yard, and I collect nett wasn’t surprised. charity. That “won the admiration of stamps and support the Rebels.” “I’m thrilled for him,” she said, but everybody, with the exception of my admits she is “still numb” from the news In fact, he has had season tickets wife, sons and longtime executive asand a “bit anxious” about who will refor football, baseball and basketball sistant Carla Bennett,” said Wilson, place him. “He left big shoes to fill.” for as long as he can remember and who displays the contest’s sash in Allen agrees. was a member of the official “stat” his office, along with other pieces of “Basically, academic affairs and stucrews for football and basketball for memorabilia acquired during his Ole dent affairs are two jobs,” he said. “It several years. Miss tenure. is such a big job that we’re splitting it Despite looking forward to some exOne item of interest is a T-shirt creafter Marvin retires.” tended family time, Wilson isn’t quite ated by an enterprising student about Just after Allen became dean, he ready to cut his ties to the school, “The Wilson Syndrome.” It provided said, “Marvin told me, ‘Once you get work and students of which he and a list of remedies for those sufferyour feet on the ground, I’m going to Becky have grown fond since moving ing from anxiety because of Wilson’s retire. I got an email from him over to Oxford in November 1970. pharmacology 564 class. The framed winter break, telling me that he was “In higher education, it’s always a shirt hangs on his office wall. going to retire in June.” challenge to decide how close to get Despite the early warning, Allen to students,” Wilson said. “You get Golden years found the news “painful” but undermore out of them when you’re closer, Bennett, Wilson’s assistant for 25 stands Wilson’s desire to spend more but you can’t get too close.” years, began working for him in 1988, time with Becky, their children and On the other hand, that very chalwhen she was 19 years old. “Like famgrandchildren. lenge provided Wilson with some of ily” are the best words she can find Their son Mike (BA 94), an attorhis most cherished moments: watchto describe her relationship with her ney with the Griffin Group in Dallas, ing his students mature and become boss and Becky. and his wife, Angela, have two boys, successful adults. “I’ve been blessed to work with Luke, 9, and Wyatt, 6. Their son Den“It doesn’t get any better than that,” him,” Bennett said. “In our 25 years nis (BS 92, JD 95), a vice president he said. together, I have certainly made misof operations for Advanced Care Those of you who wish to congratutakes, but he never raised his voice Scripts in Orlando, and his wife, late him on his semi-retirement or let to me. Instead, he’d say, ‘Here is what Susan, have two children, Drew, 14, him know how much he meant to you we’re going to do to fix this.’ We’ve and Bennett, 12, the Wilsons’ only can contact him at plmarvin@olemiss. seen each other through thick and granddaughter. edu. But if you’re a football fan, you thin, have cried on each others’ shoulBetween trips to see the grandkids, might just look for the Wilsons in the ders and shared much laughter, all of Wilson has several hobbies that he exGrove on game days, just across the which are cherished memories.” pects to keep him busy. street from Faser Hall.






Good Company

Board of Visitors holds first meeting

Dean David D. Allen leads discussion at the first meeting of the pharmacy school’s Board of Visitors.

Members of the School of Pharmacy Board of

Visitors held their inaugural meeting April 10 on the Oxford campus. Made up of more than 50 pharmacy professionals from around the state and nation, the board’s mission is to provide valuable input and feedback to the school on various topics. “I was extremely pleased with the outcome of our board’s first meeting,” said David D. Allen, the school’s dean. “It was a great opportunity for everyone to get acquainted and to

“We are in the business of educating pharmacy students, so it was an imperative for us to get students involved in these discussions,” he said. “The board currently has two student representatives from each class. Not only will the board have student representatives, but it is [also] a priority for us to have board members interact with our students as they come to visit our campus.” The first meeting included a discussion about the school’s Differential Advantage, a singular statement that describes the school’s unique benefits and how its graduates are different and competitive in the workplace. The board provided suggestions about how to improve a proposed draft of the statement. “I’m so pleased to serve on the —David D. Allen Board of Visitors,” said Jillian Foster, director of pharmacy at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. “Our first meeting was very insightful, and I can see a great deal of potential for the group. I applaud Dean Allen for asking alumni for their input on strategies that the School of Pharmacy is working towards.” The board plans to meet twice yearly, alternating between the Oxford and Jackson campuses.

We are in the business of educating pharmacy students, so it was an imperative for us to get students involved in these discussions.” begin developing ideas for our future. I am thankful for the time that our members volunteered to participate in this meeting. It is a testament to their dedication and commitment to the School of Pharmacy.” The group replaces the former Dean’s Advisory Committee. Allen said he is especially excited about the addition of students to the new and expanded group.








Ahead of Her Class

Sebastopol native becomes pharmacy student body president Lacey Gilmore admires her

fellow students and says just being around them is her favorite part of attending pharmacy school at Ole Miss. “The School of Pharmacy attracts some of the most successful, professional and intelligent students I have ever met,” she said. “It is a privilege to learn and collaborate with them. We call ourselves ‘phamily.’” Gilmore’s fondness for her fellow students must be mutual since she was elected student body president-elect last fall, an accomplishment she views as her proudest collegiate achievement. She will be president in 2013-14. “It is such an honor to be elected by the entire student body to represent them,” she said. A Sebastopol native and Newton County High School graduate, Gilmore completed the first two years of her pre-pharmacy curriculum at East Central Community College “because of the many opportunities I was given there,” she said. “For example, I was offered many scholarships and was fortunate to be involved in [the] Student Body Association, concert choir, the Wall O’ Sound Band and Collegians,” she said.


She then chose to complete the third year of her pre-pharmacy curriculum at Ole Miss. “I wanted to get acquainted with the campus and get involved early with the pharmacy school’s student organizations,” she said. Gilmore said she chose to enroll in UM’s professional pharmacy program because of its history and reputation. “I knew before I applied that the program’s graduates are well prepared to pursue their careers or practices,” she said. “Ole Miss is also close to home, and that was definitely a plus.” While at East Central, Gilmore worked at the Wheeler Drug Store, an experience that solidified her decision to become a pharmacist. “I love independent retail pharmacy, but I am open to learn about and possibly pursue other career options as I proceed through the experiential curriculum,” she said. Until then, she is concentrating on her classes and her responsibilities to her fellow students as their soon-tobe president. “The main thing I would like to achieve is maximum student

In addition to pharmacy and her fellow students, Lacey Gilmore loves to sing and play piano.

involvement,” she said. “In past years, it was mainly professional students that got involved with the student body. My goal this past year was to work closely with the early-entry officers and the pre-pharmacy liaison

“I knew before I applied that the program’s graduates are well prepared to pursue their careers or practices. Ole Miss is also close to home, and that was definitely a plus. —Lacey Gilmore Pharmacymatters

to involve more early-entry and prepharmacy students in student body activities.” She is proud of what she and the other student body officers have accomplished, including what she calls “amazing” events for the entire student body. “Our most successful events include Student Body Week, Back-toSchool Bash, Pharmacy Semiformal and Pharmacy Olympics,” she said. “We also had our very first swap with the law school this year.” While president next year, she would like to increase communication and continuity among pharmacy students on UM’s Oxford and Jackson campuses. When it comes to relaxing outside her classrooms and labs, Gilmore resorts to her eclectic taste in music. “I love to sing and to play piano occasionally,” she said. “The only time I sing in public is mainly at church. I have a close friend in pharmacy school that plays guitar, and sometimes we just do short pickup sessions on the fly at my house when we aren’t studying. We just think of a good song, look up the chords and go with it!” When it comes to listening to music, some her favorite artists are Iron & Wine, Adele, The Black Keys, Ellie Goulding, SBTRKT, Matisyahu, First Aid Kit and Passion Pit. When it comes to singing, though, the artists change dramatically. “Songs that I like to sing are … by artists such as Kari Jobe, JJ Heller, A Fine Frenzy, Coldplay and Regina Spektor,” she said. “I’m not the best at it, but it really has gotten me through some tough times and has always been my escape.” Even more important to her than her music are her parents. “They encouraged me from a young age to get a good education and to do what I love,” she said. “They have supported me in immeasurable ways, and they inspire me to be my best and to fulfill my dreams.”

Mission of Mercy

Patients at the Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic in Jackson received counseling from these students and faculty members, who ran a pharmacy at the two-day clinic in April.

Toys for Batson

Amber Smith, president of the Ole Miss chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, delivers toys to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The toys were purchased with money collected from T-shirt sales.



NEWS ALUMNI/development



Homecoming Pharmacy administration announces Distinguished Alumna of the Year Tina Penick Brock (BA 90, BSPh 90, MS 92),

professor of clinical pharmacy and associate dean of teaching and learning at the University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy, was recognized as the Department of Pharmacy Administration’s 2013 Alumna of the Year. Brock, who joined the UCSF faculty as a professor of clinical pharmacy in July 2010, was promoted to her current position in March 2011. She had previously worked for Management Sciences for Health, an organization that improves access to and use of medicines globally, and was a senior lecturer at the University of London and clinical associate professor and director of student services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy. Brock returned to Ole Miss to receive pharmacy administration’s alumni award in April. “Thomas Wolfe was wrong,” she said. “You really CAN go home again, as long as home is Oxford, Miss.!”

David J. McCaffrey presents a plaque to Tina Brock as a memento of her honor.

Medicinal chemistry announces Sam Distinguished Alumnus Gary O. Rankin (PhD 76), professor and chair


Medicinal chemistry chair Stephen Cutler (left) presents a plaque to Gary Rankin of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recognizing him as the 2013 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus.


of the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is the Department of Medicinal Chemistry’s 2013 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus. Rankin returned to Ole Miss to receive the award in March and present a lecture on the “Role of Phase I and Phase II Biotransformation in N-(haloaryl) Succinimide Nephrotoxicity.” Rankin joined the Marshall University faculty in 1978, after completing postdoctoral work at the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo). He serves as principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health-funded West Virginia IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, eight review articles, 13 book chapters and nearly 200 research presentations at local, regional, national and international meetings.

On Call APhA names alumna Distinguished New Practitioner Recognized for her outstanding work with pediatric

Ashley Crumby (PharmD 09) provides clinical pharmacy services for the pediatric HIV clinic n the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease in Indianapolis.

infectious diseases and commitment to student mentorship, pharmacy alumna Ashley Crumby (PharmD 09) has been named the 2013 American Pharmacists Association Distinguished New Practitioner. Crumby is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Through her practice site at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, she provides clinical pharmacy services for the pediatric HIV clinic in the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease. “HIV is definitely a polarizing disease because it’s not something that you really think of pediatric patients having,” Crumby said. “It’s more something people think about with adults. It’s a tough job for a pharmacist because there’s so much emotion that goes into it. You can’t help but form close relationships with them and their families.” Kristen Nichols, a pharmacist at Riley Hospital for Children, nominated Crumby for the new practitioner award. “It has been motivating and encouraging for me as I have watched Ashley concurrently implement brand new pharmacy services in the Riley Hospital HIV clinic while creating a new advanced pharmacy practice experience for her Purdue University students,” Nichols said in her nomination letter. “Throughout these ventures, Ashley has exemplified an outstanding new pharmacy practitioner. She has utilized her training and ingenuity while sticking to her beliefs in order to accomplish all that she has.” Monica L. Miller, clinical assistant professor of —Kristen Nichols pharmacy practice at Purdue, said that Crumby is dedicated to patient care and student learning. “At (Riley Hospital), she takes students on rotation and tirelessly helps the children and families who attend the clinic,” Miller said. “One example of her tireless dedication came on a Friday night. She received a call from a mother stating that she was out of her daughter’s medication and couldn’t get refills. Ashley worked with the mother, the dispensing pharmacy and the physician to ensure the patient received her medication. All of this occurred after 5 p.m. on a Friday night, when most people would have simply sent this work to the on-call staff.” Crumby received the new practitioner award at APhA’s annual meeting in Los Angeles in March and has enjoyed telling her patients about the award. “The parents of my patients were very appreciative,” she said. “I think it helps them to know that they’ve got good physicians and good nurses and pharmacists taking care of their children and that we’re recognized in our profession.”

Ashley has utilized her training and ingenuity while sticking to her beliefs in order to accomplish all that she has.”




Marc Slattery’s marine research has taken him to 19 countries in the Indo-Pacific region and seven in the Caribbean.

of the Future By Erin Garrett

14 Pharmacymatters

Pharmacognosist speaks to United Nations about marine research The world’s oceans are filled with diverse

plant and animal life that promise to yield new drugs and other products that could dramatically improve quality of life. Scientists are studying potential sources of these products, but the research can be challenging. University of Mississippi pharmacognosist Marc Slattery talked about those challenges at the United Nations’ Intersessional Workshop on Marine Genetic Resources in New York. Slattery’s May 2 seminar, “Marine Genetic Resources: Benefit Sharing and Obstacles,” outlined issues associated with studying marine resources in foreign waters. “I am honored to represent Ole Miss’ internationally recognized natural products research groups on the biggest world stage,” said Slattery, who directs the biotechnology division of the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology at UM. “This is a significant opportunity to help shape international policy regarding the use of marine genetic resources, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from developed marine biotechnology products,” he said. “Many countries are unaware of their marine genetic resources and how to go about developing them. My goal is to provide guidance for these societies using case studies from 20 years in the field, and to make the case for the importance of sustainable marine resource use.” The biodiversity of the oceans is virtually untapped, and a lot of novel activity is happening in marine resources from biotechnological and drug-discovery standpoints, he said. In his seminar, Slattery proposed that investigating countries should offer reasonable incentives, such as education and outreach, to encourage collaboration among nations. “Marine genetic resources of sovereign nations represent potentially significant economic value as biotechnological products, including novel drugs from the sea,” he said. “However, the path to a new drug, from discovery through clinical trials to the pharmacy shelf, can exceed two decades. With few samples making it all the way through clinical trials, the odds of monetary benefit sharing in the next

Marc Slattery

‘billion-dollar drug’ are exceedingly small. As such, it is very important that benefit sharing begins early and includes monetary as well as nontraditional subsidies.” Slattery’s research has taken him to 19 countries in the Indo-Pacific region and seven in the Caribbean. “It’s been wonderful to see different cultures and how they relate to the marine environment,” he said. Slattery hopes that the UN workshop will ultimately lead to new research agreements. “Hopefully these efforts will lead to significant partnerships between island nations with unexplored or unexploited marine biodiversity and biotechnology researchers in developed nations as they search for new products that ease human suffering and provide for higher quality of life,” he said. Daneel Ferreira, chair and professor of pharmacognosy, said Slattery’s seminar was a great opportunity to showcase his unparalleled expertise. “The Department of Pharmacognosy is indeed privileged and honored to have such an accomplished scientist on board,” Ferreira said. “We are proud of his research achievements and the positive exposure that it brings not only to the department but also to the School of Pharmacy and the University of Mississippi.”








The Write Stuff Launch draws Oxford’s writer denizens It’s not often that a dozen of a

community’s published authors gather for a book launch, but that’s exactly what happened when retired University of Mississippi pharmacy professor Ronald F. Borne’s latest book made its debut. “It was a damn magical night,” said Neil White, who published Borne’s Beginnings & Ends, a compilation of the first and last lines of works penned by 29 Oxford writers whom Borne considers friends or acquaintances. “At the launch event, we had 12 of Oxford’s best contemporary writers reading their opening and closing,” White said. “It just so happened that each one also spent a moment talking about how writers like Barry Hannah and Larry Brown and Willie Morris impacted their work and lives.”


Ronald F. Borne


Among those gathering for the launch at Off Square Books were Ace Atkins, Jim Dees, John T. Edge, Tom Franklin, Chris Offutt, Jere Hoar, Beth Ann Fennelly, Larry Wells, White and Curtis Wilkie. “It was a you-had-to-be-there kind of evening, many leaving with a sigh, saying, ‘Oh, that was fun!’” wrote Square Books proprietor Richard Howorth in his post-event blog. It was Borne’s longtime friend, the late Willie Morris ­­— who penned such memorable books as My Dog Skip, North Toward Home, Taps, The Courting of Marcus Dupree and The Ghosts of Mississippi — from whom Borne got the idea for Beginnings & Ends. “He knew I was a frustrated writer,” said Borne, a medicinal chemist accustomed to writing in the precise

style typical of scientists and their professional journals. “Willie told me once that a writer has to do the obvious. You must have a strong beginning, to keep people reading, and you must have a strong ending, to make them want to read more.” To spark his own creativity, Borne began collecting the beginnings and endings of works by friends and acquaintances, then putting Morris’ advice into practice when writing grant proposals submitted to funding agencies, memos to faculty or reports to university administrators. “It’s a major reason I received an NIH (National Institutes of Health) fellowship to study in Scotland,” he said. By the time Borne finished accumulating snippets from his acquaintances and friends, he amassed so many of them that he had to limit choices for his book to works of fiction, memoirs or creative narratives. “I had to leave out, for example, works by historians such as David Sansing and works of poetry by John Crews,” he said. “Still, I was able to include 29 people I know.” Before Borne could publish his collection, he had to get permission from each of the authors to include their copyrighted material. “Everyone was so enthusiastic about the book,” Borne said. “They all said, ‘Thank you for including me.’”

Borne has penned two other books: 1936: The Year that Sports Changed the World and a biography of Hugh Clegg. “1936 was the year we were coming out of the Great Depression and heading into World War II,” Borne said. “But it was also a year that sports influenced politics, and politics influenced sports.” At the 1936 Summer Olympics, for example, Adolf Hitler was using the Berlin games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany, and his Nazi propaganda machine was touting Aryan racial superiority. But James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens, a black man born in the South, defeated several Germans and achieved international fame by winning four gold medals, a feat

unequaled until Carl Lewis won gold medals in the same events in 1984. And “who,” you ask, “is Hugh Clegg?” Borne asked that very question for years. “I lived just down the street from the Oxford-University Airport, so I saw that sign designating Clegg Field for years,” Borne said. “But I never knew who Hugh Clegg was, so I started digging.” Turns out, he said, that Clegg “was the No. 3 man at the FBI from 1926 to 1954 and was involved in the hunt for John Dillinger and other gangsters before, during and after the Great Depression. When Clegg left the FBI, he came to Ole Miss as (Chancellor) J.D. Williams’ executive assistant. So during the integration crises, he served

as liaison between the university and state and federal governments.” Borne joined the UM School of Pharmacy faculty in 1968 and retired in 2004, although he taught half-time until 2006. During his 38 years with Ole Miss, he collected academic titles like some people collect stamps: professor and chair of medicinal chemistry, acting dean of the graduate school and vice chancellor for research. He also collected six of the school’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Teacher of the Year awards. These days, he can be found late afternoons in Faser Hall, working on a fourth book project, The Fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry, which he hopes will one day become a definitive textbook for pharmacy students.

Focused Research Professor studies innovative drug-delivery technologies S. Narasimha Murthy is taking pharmaceutical

research to new heights. Since earning his Ph.D. in 2003, Murthy has published more than 75 research papers about drug-delivery methods. Forty of those papers have been published since joining the Ole Miss faculty six years ago. He also has published two books: Dermatokinetics of Therapeutic Agents and Topical Nail Products and Ungual Drug Delivery. Dermatokinetics “is all about what happens when you deliver a drug into skin and what skin does to the drugs,” Murthy said. “It focuses on pharmacokinetics of a drug in the skin.” Delivering drugs through the nail plate is useful for treating fungal infections and nail psoriasis. “Nail diseases are a very prevalent problem,” MurS. Narasimha Murthy thy said. “Because of this, I

started exploring ways to treat nail diseases topically rather than orally.” In addition to delivering drugs through skin and nails, Murthy is interested in delivering them intranasally. “We are working on developing noninvasive and painless technologies for delivering medications,” he said. “We believe these technologies could potentially improve the efficacy of disease treatments.” Murthy, who joined the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy in 2006, is an associate professor of pharmaceutics and a research associate professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research group includes six graduate students. Their predecessors have gone on to excel in highly specialized areas of research. Former Ph.D. student Srinivasa Murthy Sammeta, for example, is a senior scientist at Watson Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City. “Dr. Murthy infuses his students with enthusiasm and a desire to work hard,” Sammeta said. “The progress I made during my association with him has transformed me into a confident and ambitious person, and it reflects the interest, support and utmost care that Dr. Murthy takes in the professional development of his students.”







Building Excellence Ole Miss dedicates eco-friendly medicinal plant garden complex By Barbara Lago

The University of Mississippi dedicated its new Maynard W.


Maynard W. Quimby


Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden complex April 17 in conjunction with its annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, which draws scientists from around the world to discuss medicinal plants and botanical dietary supplements. Some 150 people attended the ceremony and were impressed by the 5-acre complex’s many eco-friendly features, which are expected to become a model for environmental stewardship and botanical research. They include natural lighting, a 20,000-gallon tank to collect rainwater running off the roofs and green “walls” of climbing medicinal plants to shade its laboratory building in summer. Even the garden’s parking lots are “green.” They are paved with a pervious pavement that absorbs rainwater, rather than dispelling it, to prevent erosion. “The Quimby Garden maintains a diverse, accurately identified and medicinally important living plant collection to support drugdiscovery efforts within our School of Pharmacy and its National Center for Natural Products Research,” said Alice M. Clark, vice

chancellor for research and sponsored programs. “But its value and impact extend far beyond our own research programs.” The garden is also important to global conservation efforts and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to ensure the quality and safety of dietary supplements. “By maintaining a living collection and a seed bank, we’re conserving valuable medicinal plant germ plasm (reproductive cells of an organism),” said Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR assistant director and director of its FDA Center for Excellence on Botanical Dietary Supplement Research. “There are many botanical gardens in the world, but only a few are dedicated to medicinal plant conservation.” NCNPR Director Larry Walker said that the garden also provides educational opportunities to local residents and visitors, as well as FDA employees, who use the garden for one component of their training. As part of that training, the employees learn how to enforce Good Manufacturing Practices in the dietary supplement industry. “We have trained more than 300 FDA inspectors and will train 150 more this year,” Khan said. The Quimby Garden was moved to its new location to accommodate construction of the university’s new Insight Park. During garden construction, which was accomplished in compliance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building practices, more than 270 mature trees and a small pond were saved to provide areas in which to grow shade-loving and aquatic medicinal plants. A bronze bust of the late Maynard W. Quimby, a former UM pharmacognosy professor and one of the garden’s early developers, is displayed in the complex’s new administration and laboratory building lobby. The building also contains a herbarium for storing voucher and reference samples of plant specimens, a seed bank with more than 1,500 entries and a taxonomy laboratory for plant identification and microscopy. “This is where we maintain voucher specimens of the plants we grow, and a seed bank, so we have tissue for DNA extraction and can exchange seeds with collaborators,” Khan said. The complex also includes a greenhouse, maintenance building and horticultural building in which to process and store plant material until it can be tested in NCNPR labs. The Quimby Garden is registered with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International and is a member of the International Plant Exchange Network and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. “Our garden maintains one of the nation’s largest collections of medicinal plants and provides material to researchers around the country and the world, in addition to our own,” said David D. Allen, pharmacy school dean. “Facilities like these, plus the incredible productivity of our teaching and research faculty, have helped grow our international reputation for excellence in natural products research.”

“There are many botanical gardens in the world, but only a few are dedicated to medicinal plant conservation. —Ikhlas Khan





By the Numbers




Grad student reveals physicians’ opinions about e-prescribing Krutika Jariwala


, thesis adviser. “The latest available national data suggest a University of Mississippi that even by the end of 2011, only 58 percent of physicians graduate student pursuing actually used e-prescribing.” a Ph.D. in pharmacy adHolmes, who is a co-author on the paper, said that e-preministration, recently pubscribing has many implications for pharmacists. It can generlished a paper on electronate more legible prescriptions and allow physicians to more ic prescribing in the Journal easily access insurance and drug-interaction information, of the American Medical which can avoid time-consuming clarification calls by the Informatics Association. pharmacist to the physician, she said. The paper, “Factors that “This does not mean that e-prescriptions do not carry the Physicians Find Encouragpotential for error, however, as physicians have reported ing and Discouraging about the potential to choose the wrong drug Electronic Prescribing: A from a pull-down menu on their comQuantitative Study,” proputer or hand-held device,” she said. Krutika Jariwala vides insight into physicians’ “Another implication for pharmacy is opinions about e-prescribthe effect of electronic prescribing on ing, which allows physicians ‘first-fill adherence’ (whether or not pato electronically write and send prescriptions to pharmacies. tients go to the pharmacy to pick up medications they are “We found that physicians who had just started e-pretaking for the first time). How a prescriber communicates to scribing were faced with several problems related to the a patient that he or she has an e-prescription at the pharprocess of understanding and learning the new system,” macy, without the physical reminder of a paper prescription, Jariwala said. “However, physicians with more e-prescribing may really matter.” experience were more comfortable with e-prescribing and Jariwala said that though e-prescribing is becoming more the workflow redesign associated with adopting it.” common in health care, it has a long way to go before it is The paper included data from Jariwala’s thesis project for adopted widely by physicians. her master’s degree in pharmacy administration. The data “Our study is just an initial step in understanding physioriginated from 443 physicians’ survey responses. This is the cians’ perspectives on what they find to be good and bad second paper Jariwala has published from her thesis, which about e-prescribing,” she said. “We hope that this paper will was supported by a Graduate Student Research Grant help readers understand that with e-prescribing, and persponsored by the UM Office of Research and Sponsored haps any type of new health care technology, new adopters Programs and the UM Graduate Student Council. or soon-to-be adopters of that technology may experience “Krutika’s interest was driven by the surprisingly few physome fear of the unknown initially but, with time, may besicians who actually use e-prescribing,” said Erin Holmes, ascome more confident and better able to adapt to the new sistant professor of pharmacy administration and Jariwala’s technology,” she said.


Dynamic Duo

Two students inducted into Hall of Fame Two Doctor of Phar- “Faculty of the School of Pharmacy will miss them. macy graduates, Miranda Jordan of Jackson and Laura Luther of Hattiesburg, were inducted into the School of Pharmacy Hall of Fame during spring commencement ceremonies. Both were selected by their classmates for their scholastic and professional contributions to the school. Jordan was president of the university’s graduating Pharm.D. class and served as its class president for the past three years. She was the events coordinator and then director of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International. She also helped organize an Operation Heart event for the American Pharmacists Association. Jordan is a member of the pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi, pharmacy

—Marvin C. Wilson leadership society Phi Lambda Sigma and the Mississippi Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists. She was selected by her peers to receive the school’s Shawn Bankston Award as well as other awards for outstanding leadership and service. “There could not be a better candidate for the Hall of Fame,” Luther said. “She is such an [encouraging person] that no one can leave a conversation with her without feeling more confident. She is also passionate about providing the best care possible to patients, and I am looking forward to seeing the impact she will make on pharmacy practice.”

Miranda Jordan (left) of Jackson and Laura Luther of Hattiesburg

Upon graduation, Jordan will serve as a pharmacy resident at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Luther was a former pharmacy student body president and just completed a term as president of Rho Chi, a pharmacy academic honor society. She is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Luther received a Taylor Medal from the university and is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was also an inaugural recipient of the pharmacy school’s Ainsworth Leadership Scholarship. “Laura has rare qualities in that she is so consistently positive and always exhibits a strong work ethic,” said Jordan. “These character traits and Laura’s strong Christian faith have helped her [succeed] and left a permanent mark on the faculty, administrators and students she encountered.” Upon graduation, Luther will serve as a pharmacy resident at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “It is only appropriate that these two individuals be recognized by their class as Hall of Fame inductees,” said Marvin C. Wilson, associate dean for academic and student affairs. “They have been academic leaders and actively engaged in numerous community service projects. Faculty of the School of Pharmacy will miss them.”



NEWS ALUMNI/development




A Family Affair

Scholarship celebrates quintessential Southern pharmacy

By Erin Garrett

The original Oliver Drug Store

in Whitehaven, Tenn., holds a special place in the hearts of siblings Steve Oliver, Anita Drury and JoAnne Oliver. Established by their father, Joseph G. “Joe” Oliver (BSPh 55), the store had an old-fashioned soda fountain, cosmetics counter and sections with toys and gifts. Many of the siblings’ fondest memories of the store are connected with its soda fountain, where their mother, Martha, often worked. As a child, Anita (BA 81) liked to spend her time sitting on the fountain’s round, spinning stools. “I could sit and color while watching Mom serve coffee, cook and make everyone feel like they were the only customer in the store [and] watching Daddy behind the pharmacy counter fill prescriptions and making each customer feel like his or her illness was the most important,” she said. “The drugstore was a happy place, and I loved being there with Mom and Dad while they worked.”

“The soda fountain was a big hit,” said Steve (BSPh 77). “My mom ran it and also did the accounting. We would have guys from the phone and power companies come in to eat. If the (drug) store didn’t make it, we were going to survive because of the money the fountain brought in.” JoAnne (BAEd 78) often remembers the food, revealing that her mother prepared “the best cheeseburgers ever made.” “Oliver’s had a big hot nut machine that was divided into sections,” JoAnne said. “There were cashews, mixed nuts, pistachios and peanuts inside. I have often told Daddy I wish I had a nickel for every cashew I took out of there.” To honor their parents/grandparents as well as their love for Ole Miss, JoAnne, Steve, Anita and their children donated $25,000 to the university’s School of Pharmacy to create the Joseph G. and Martha Oliver Family Pharmacy Endowment and surprised the couple with the gift at Christmas.

“The family was in Nashville with us for Christmas,” Joe said. “Martha and I were given the last gift to open. I unwrapped the package and found a letter that expressed how much we mean to each of our children and grandchildren and telling us how proud they are to be part of the Ole Miss family. The letter also told us about the endowment. I got very emotional, and a few tears were shed.” Contributors to the Oliver family scholarship endowment are Steve, his wife, Andrea, and their children (Brenton, Brittany, Alexa and Austin); JoAnne and her husband, Gary Wright, and their children (Catherine, Patrick and Anna Woodyard); and Anita and her husband, Scott Drury, and their children (Kyle, Bethany, Brian

The drugstore was a happy place, and I loved being there with Mom and Dad while they worked.” —Anita Drury



and Grant). Of these family members, 13 graduated from Ole Miss. “We are deeply grateful for the support of the Olivers,” said David D. Allen, the pharmacy school’s dean. “Their endowment reflects the entire family’s love for Ole Miss and the School of Pharmacy, and their generosity will be of great assistance to our students with financial needs.” Anita said that the endowment was the perfect gift for her parents. “Daddy loves Ole Miss and the pharmacy school beyond words, and to be able to give him something that allows another person to experience what he has been blessed with was fitting,” she said. “The School of Pharmacy allowed Daddy to realize his dreams of his own successful business.” While a student, Joe received a Taylor Medal, the university’s highest academic award. He was also awarded the Lehn and Fink Medal, which recognizes advancement in pharmaceutical science. In 1960, Joe opened the Oliver Rexall Drugstore on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven, two miles from Graceland, Presley’s home.

“It was a complete drugstore,” he said. “We delivered, too.” “I can vividly remember how the store smelled, how the floors creaked, the gray and white rubber mat that ran along the pharmacy floor, the sound of the cash register when you pulled the lever to open the drawer and the smiles on the customers as they left,” Anita said. JoAnne recalls that, before the existence of department stores and shopping malls, the family drugstore was one of the only places to buy toiletries and nice gifts. As a young girl, she remembers a beautiful woman shopping at Oliver’s cosmetics counter. “She purchased bright red lipstick, the blackest eyeliner and purple eye shadow,” she said. “She had a cone of hair that stood at least six inches off her head. I had never seen anything like it.” The woman was Priscilla Presley. “Elvis had over-the-counter items delivered to Graceland throughout his life,” JoAnne said. “Oliver’s had a green Jeep that delivered and was often driven by boys who eventually became Ole Miss graduates. One of

Steve and Joe Oliver have been working together at Oliver Drug Store for 35 years.

them was my husband, Gary Wright. The delivery boys would pull through the gates of Graceland and deliver merchandise to the guard, who was Elvis’ uncle Vester.” Joe even caught a glimpse of the “King” one day. “Elvis actually came in the store once,” he said. “He got about 15 feet inside, and then some girl shouted, ‘That’s Elvis!’ He said, ‘Hell, let’s get out of here.’ He was gone as quick as he came in.” In 1968, the Olivers opened a second store on Stateline Road in Southaven, then closed the Whitehaven store. Steve now owns the Oliver Drug Store on Physicians Lane in Southaven. It’s the city’s only independent pharmacy. “Our pharmacy has endured because of how we take care of our customers,” he said. “We know them by name when they walk in the door. We are servicing three generations of families now.” Not only that, Joe said, “We know the children’s names, grandchildren’s names and even the pets’ names. We attend the weddings, the births and the funerals.” JoAnne said that Oliver Drug Store is “one of those places where you walk in the door and feel the memories of people whose lives you touched and who touched your lives. It’s a place where I learned that the more you give, the more you get back.” The Joseph G. and Martha Oliver Family Pharmacy Endowment is open to receive gifts from individuals and organizations. To contribute, send a check with the fund noted to the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677; or contact Raina McClure at 662-915-6967 or







Honoring Achievement Phytochemist receives prestigious UM research award By Barbara Lago

When it comes to illicit


drugs, especially marijuana, Mahmoud A. ElSohly has tests to reveal how potent they are, whether they are contaminated, from where they might have come and whether someone is using them. When it comes to legal drugs, ElSohly has a knack for formulating new ones. His name is on 31 patents issued in this country and abroad, and on 23 more pending patents. Companies have licensed several of those formulations, which include a prophylactic treatment for poison ivy dermatitis, compounds for treating malaria and cancer, and precursors to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for treating a variety of conditions. His expertise and work have been sought by the United Nations, the White House, U.S. Department of State, National Institute on Drug Abuse, other government agencies with familiar acronyms and even the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Association. For this, and more, ElSohly is the sixth recipient of the University of Mississippi’s Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award. The award, which is sponsored by Pharmaceutics International Inc. and includes $7,500 and a plaque, was presented during UM’s main commencement ceremony May 11 by Alice M. Clark, vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. “The award recognizes and pays tribute to a faculty member whose


Mahmoud A. ElSohly shows a Commencement crowd of thousands the plaque he received designating him UM’s 2013 Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award recipient. career and achievements have generated national and international accolades, someone who has been a leader in his chosen field, who has inspired and encouraged others, who is admired and respected by his peers and who has made outstanding lifelong contributions to his profession and to our institution,” Clark said. “Dr. ElSohly has done all of this. He has distinguished himself as a researcher, an innovator, an inventor, a businessman and a teacher. His contributions have had an enormous impact on the worldwide scientific community, especially in the areas of

drug abuse, pharmaceuticals and phytochemistry (plant chemistry).” ElSohly — a research professor in UM’s National Center for Natural Products Research and professor of pharmaceutics, as well as president of ElSohly Laboratories Inc. and Phytochemical Services Inc. of Oxford — is grateful for the award. “I have been very happy here, and I love everyone, from the people I’m working with to the administration, and the work that I do,” he said. “The university has always recognized my contributions and, for that, I am grateful.”

His quick rise up UM’s professorial ladder is proof. ElSohly joined the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy’s Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow in 1975. Within a year, he became a research associate and acting director of the institute’s Physical Sciences Research group. By 1978, he became an assistant research professor, by 1981 was director of the university’s NIDAfunded Marijuana Project and by 1984 was a full research professor. The Marijuana Project, which maintains the nation’s only legal marijuana farm, supplies marijuana and its constituents to NIDA, which provides them to researchers studying their potential harmful and beneficial effects. “This project is of significant importance in procuring high-quality Cannabis and natural cannabinoids, which are provided to the scientific research community in order to support biomedical research through the NIDA Drug Supply Program,” said Dr. Hari H. Singh, program director of NIDA Drug Supply and Analytical Services. “The contract awarded to the University of Mississippi and led by Dr. ElSohly has a long history of providing quality materials to its researchers. Dr. ElSohly’s expertise and resourcefulness are the major factor in ongoing success of this project.” In the ’80s and early ’90s, ElSohly’s work focused on analyzing marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration to develop a marijuana

“fingerprinting” system that is used to trace crops to their sources globally. In recent years, he and other UM researchers have studied Cannabis to develop new medicines and new ways of delivering the chemical compounds in marijuana to treat a range of chronic conditions, from chemotherapyinduced nausea to neuropathic pain. They include a THC suppository and a transmucosal THC patch. ElSohly is recognized nationally and internationally for his “outstanding and creative development of pharmaceutical products,” said Marilyn A. Huestis, chief of NIDA’s Chemistry and Drug Metabolism Section. “He is known and highly respected as an excellent chemist who is one of the best problem solvers I know. Whenever there is a problem, he creates an acceptable solution. He is the recipient of many SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants from NIDA as well.” In 2008, ElSohly and Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR’s assistant director and

director of its FDA Center for Excellence on Botanical Dietary Supplement Research, launched the startup company Phytochemical Services Inc. “It is patterned after his successful business model at ELI, but it provides phytochemical analytical services to the dietary supplement industry,” Khan said. Former RIPS director Carlton E. Turner, who once directed UM’s Marijuana Project and hired ElSohly to work with him as a postdoc, said that ElSohly played a significant role in developing assays for constituents of Erythroxylon coca, from which cocaine, crack and other drugs are derived, and helped all branches of the military develop and implement urinalysis programs for detecting common drugs of abuse. “The program was very successful and is still in use today,” Turner said. “Dr. ElSohly continues to be a key player by providing standardized samples and inspecting and certifying the program’s laboratories.” Today, ElSohly is an internationally recognized authority on the detection, analysis and chemistry of both Cannabis and E. coca. He is the author or co-author of nearly 270 scientific publications in national and international journals and another 270 presentations at scientific meetings worldwide. He has also authored nearly a dozen chapters in books, and his own book, Marijuana and the Cannabinoids, is “a real classic and

Dr. ElSohly is an exceptionally creative researcher who also has the discipline and insight to bring his science to patients and to the marketplace.” —Larry Walker SUMMER2013


often used by Cannabis researchers around the globe,” said Rudolf Brenneisen, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Throughout his career, ElSohly has been a mentor to numerous graduate students at Ole Miss and elsewhere. All have appreciated his warmhearted expertise and advice. Among them is Nirmal Pugh, an NCNPR senior scientist. “As a graduate student, what I admired most about Dr. ElSohly was his desire and willingness to help others,” Pugh said. “He always encouraged scholarly research and inspired a creative interest in others for problem solving and the intellectual property of each project.” ElSohly is a member of 14 scientific societies, several of which have named

him a fellow, and is one of the world’s most oft-cited authors in forensic sciences. He has been an expert witness in more than 60 military and civilian court cases, served as a DEA instructor and secured nearly 100 contracts and grants totaling more than $45 million for his research and other projects. He was nominated for the directorship of the UN Narcotics Laboratory and named Researcher of the Year by the UM pharmacy school and a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, where he earned his doctoral degree. He was also named a Legacy Laureate, an honor Pitt bestows on only a few alumni annually for their accomplishments. NCNPR director Larry Walker said, “Dr. ElSohly is an exceptionally creative researcher who also has the

ElSohly has been director of the university’s Marijuana Project since 1981. discipline and insight to bring his science to patients and to the marketplace. He has invested his entire career in the University of Mississippi and given her a lifetime of service, so it doesn’t surprise any of us that she has chosen him to receive her most prestigious research and creative achievement award.”

Hot Stuff Repka becomes fellow of AAPS Michael A. Repka


has been elected a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for his pioneering work on hot-melt extrusion, a technology that is shaping advanced manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry. The professor and chair of pharmaceutics was nominated for fellowship status by a retired pharmaceutical industry executive. “His vision for using hot-melt extrusion helped shape the industry’s view of the technology” and “thrust it into the forefront to change the paradigm of pharmaceutical manufacturing,” said Michael J. Akers, Baxter BioPharma Solutions’ retired senior director of pharmaceutical research and development. An AAPS release announcing the organization’s 10 newest fellows said that formulating, stabilizing and developing new methods for delivering poorly soluble drugs also are important aspects of Repka’s research. Repka is editor-in-chief for North America for the Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, associate editor of AAPS PharmSciTech journal, chair-elect of the organization’s


Michael Repka (right) receives a memento of his election to fellowship status in AAPS from the organization’s president. 4,200-member Formulation Design and Development Section and serves on several editorial advisory boards. “Mike is a recognized thought leader,” said Anthony J. Hickey, inhalation therapeutics program leader of the Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C. “He demonstrates excellence in all of his endeavors and is a model for future generations of pharmaceutical scientists.”





A Plum for the Teachers Pharmacy students recognize faculty for teaching excellence University of Mississippi School of Pharma-

honored by pharmacy students before. Dickey received the PY4 students’ IPPE Preceptor of the Year Award in 2009, cy classes recognized their outstanding teachers and prewhile Ogletree received the APPE award in 2011. Students ceptors during awards day and commencement ceremonies also chose Dickey as their Teacher of the Year in 1999 and this spring. ’03, and Ogletree for the same honor in 2004, ’05 and ’06. Students in the first year of the professional pharmacy “Dr. Dickey helps polish students’ clinical knowledge and program (PY1) graduating with the Bachelor of Science in skills to make sure they are prepared to be effective cliniPharmaceutical Science degree May 11 chose pharmacy administration professor David J. McCaffrey III, one of the pharmacy school’s Distinguished Teaching Scholars, as their Teacher of the Year. PY4 students graduating with Doctor of Pharmacy degrees selected Sharon R. Dickey to receive the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year award and Richard “Buddy” Ogletree as their Introductory Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year. Dickey and Ogletree are both clinical assistant professors of pharmacy practice. David McCaffrey (left), Tracy Brooks, Laurie Warrington, Richard The PY2 class chose Tracy A. ‘Buddy’ Ogletree, Sharon Dickey Brooks, assistant professor of pharmacology, as its Teacher of the Year, and cians,” said Pharm.D. class president Miranda Jordan of PY3 students selected Laurie E. Warrington, clinical assistant Jackson. “Dr. Ogletree taught us how to be great drug inprofessor of pharmacy practice, as their Teacher of the Year. formation sources.” Brooks and Warrington received their awards during the Brooks, who joined UM’s pharmacy faculty in fall 2011, copharmacy school’s awards day program in April. teaches Basic and Clinical Pharmacology I and II, and teachMcCaffrey teaches the course Social and Behavioral Ases the elective Fundamentals of Oncology. Her research pects of Pharmacy Practice to PY1 students. He received an interests include identifying and characterizing new targets Outstanding Faculty Advising Certificate of Merit from the for anticancer therapies. National Academic Advising Association last fall, the univer“Dr. Brooks is an excellent educator and researcher with sity’s Faculty Excellence in Advising Award in 2011 and the loads of personality, and she always keeps us engaged in School of Pharmacy’s Faculty Service Award in 2010. He class,” said PY2 student Lacey Gilmore of Sebastopol. was also recognized by this year’s graduating Pharm.D. stuWarrington, who also received the PY3 class award in 2011 dents as their Teacher of the Year, when they completed and 2012, has an ambulatory care practice and facilitates their B.S.P.S. degree in 2010. problem-based learning groups for third-year students. In ad“He makes his students feel like they are the most impordition, she is heavily involved in pharmacy students’ service tant thing in his day,” said PY1 student Mary Claire Jarrell projects at the UM Medical Center and in the Jackson area. of Saltillo. “Dr. Warrington is a very effective teacher who consisDickey and Ogletree, who provide students with introtently makes herself available to her students and warmly ductory and advanced practice experiences (aka IPPEs and welcomes them with her cheery smile,” Jordan said. APPEs) at the UM Medical Center in Jackson, have been








Partners receive awards for helping diabetic patients On behalf of health care teams in Yazoo City and

Canton, University of Mississippi pharmacy faculty members traveled to Arlington, Va., to accept two awards presented by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, or PSPC. The two Integrated Medication Management Services awards are for improving the health and safety of diabetic patients by integrating medication therapy management, or MTM, services into care provided at the G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center in both Yazoo City and Canton. “Integrating pharmacists into our health care teams has been beneficial for our physicians and, more importantly, our patients,” said Janice Bacon, the centers’ executive director. “We are seeing improvements in clinical outcomes from pharmacy interventions. Our clinics would not be able to provide this level of service without its partnership with the School of Pharmacy. Our communities are grateful that the school generously provides access to the specialized care required to address the complex needs of our diabetes patients.”

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Meagan and Laurie have been a godsend. They have achieved impressive results with some very difficult cases.” —James A. Jefferson, M.D. The school has embedded a clinical pharmacist at the Carmichael clinic in Yazoo City since fall 2010 and at the clinic in Canton since spring 2012 to provide MTM services to the clinics’ many diabetic patients. In Yazoo City, where 12 percent of residents have diabetes, UM clinical pharmacist Meagan Brown assesses and manages patients’ medication regimens and educates them about diet, exercise and taking their medications as prescribed. She also helps monitor their blood pressure


Laurie Warrington, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Lorelei Farr, clinical instructor of pharmacy practice, display two national awards won by the Delta Pharmacy Partnership. and blood sugar and cholesterol levels. When she uncovers medication-related problems, she works with patients’ primary care providers to resolve them. Since last spring, Laurie Warrington, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been supplying similar services at the Carmichael clinic in Canton. “Meagan and Laurie have been a godsend,” said Dr. James A. Jefferson, clinical services director of the Carmichael centers. “I have seen them do so much good. They have achieved impressive results with some very difficult cases. We are extremely grateful for their expertise, and we’re honored to work with them. They are great representatives of the university and of their profession.” Lauren Bloodworth, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administrator of the pharmacy school’s Community-based Research Program, said, “We have extraordinary teams working in both Yazoo City and Canton. These latest PSPC awards are a reflection of their hard work over the past few years.”

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Hearts to Serve School honors three with distinguished alumni awards Three alumni of the School

of Pharmacy were honored for their outstanding professional and service accomplishments during Alumni Weekend March 23. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award went to Ackerman native D. Montez Carter (PharmD 98), and the 2013 Distinguished Service Award was shared by Wendy I. McKinney (BSPh 86) and John A. McKinney (BSPh 86) of Moss Point. Carter is president of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, Ga., and vice president of operations for St. Mary’s Health Care System Inc. in Athens, Ga. The McKinneys own pharmacies (Burnham Drugs) in Moss Point, Gautier, Vancleave, Escatawpa and Biloxi, and Burnham Home Medical Equipment in Moss Point and Lucedale. “These three individuals are wonderful examples of professional

excellence within our alumni group,” said David D. Allen, the pharmacy school’s dean. “They are, indeed, distinguished individuals deserving of our recognition.” Before joining St. Mary’s administrative team in 2010, Carter was director of pharmacy services, then associate director of performance improvement and patient support services at Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood. “Montez has been extremely successful in practice and in his administrative roles, and he has taken on initiatives that have improved patient care while being engaged in his community,” said Leigh Ann Ross, chair of pharmacy practice and associate dean for clinical affairs, who nominated Carter for the alumni award. Carter said that he was “pleasantly surprised” to learn he was chosen for the award.

Alumni honorees (from left) Montez Carter, John McKinney and Wendy McKinney with Dean David Allen.

“I am so appreciative that the School of Pharmacy thought enough of me to select me for the Distinguished Alumni Award,” Carter said. “It’s a humbling experience because I know that our school has graduated so many pharmacists who have made a great impact.” The McKinneys received the Distinguished Service Award for providing medications to Gulf Coast residents during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath in 2005, even though it meant filling prescriptions in the mud with a flashlight. “Katrina was bad, and our customers and patients were in bad shape,” Wendy McKinney said. “They were lined up at the back door. If they could prove in any shape, form or fashion what their medicine was, they got a week’s worth of medicine — maintenance meds only — and we logged it in a notebook. There was no computer, no typewriter. We couldn’t bill their insurance, we couldn’t tell what their insurance was. We didn’t charge anybody anything.” Jillian Foster, president of the Pharmacy Alumni Chapter board and director of pharmacy services at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, nominated the McKinneys for the award. “John and Wendy were public servants before Katrina but especially during and after the storm,” Foster said. “They work so hard on the beautification of Moss Point and have put so much effort into their stores and how the community receives them. That just speaks volumes to their character.”



Playing sports and studying pharmacy puts a few in a


League of Their Own By Barbara Lago and Lauren McMillin

Studying pharmacy suc-

cessfully requires exercising a measure of intellect and self-discipline every day. Studying pharmacy successfully while competing in intercollegiate athletics also requires daily megadoses of determination, commitment, time management and focus, plus a passion for both pharmacy and sports. “As a starter in basketball, [I] played 36 to 40 games a season,” said former Ole Miss Lady Rebels basketball standout Kimsey O’Neal Cooper (BSPh 94) of Carthage. “When some of the other athletes were sleeping on the way back from playing a game, I was up studying for tests.” Finding time to study amid days packed with classes, labs, two-hour practices or games made Cooper feel like she was facing “a seemingly endless list of challenges,” she said. But “I really learned time-management skills and how to be organized.” Today, those skills are serving her well. Cooper is a mother of two (Kobe, 12, and “little” Kimsey, 10) and, as a district pharmacy supervisor for CVS Pharmacy, oversees 23 pharmacies in Mississippi. Fourth-year pharmacy student Zack Brent (BSPh 10), found making time for academics and his sport just as challenging as Cooper did hers. “Figuring out how to juggle crazy test schedules with long practices, and figuring out when to make up assignments from the days we missed because of travel, was a constant balancing act,” said Brent, who saw action on the gridiron in ’08 and ’09. Student-athletes “have the same

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amount of time in a day that other students have, but crammed into that [day] are workouts, practices and competitions.” The biggest challenge was continuously learning to cram the life of a normal student around our practice schedules.” Alums Zack Brent (left) and Todd Sandroni pose with Shannon Singletary, senior associate Crazy as it sounds, athletics director of health and sports though, football “made performance (center), at the 2013 Pharmacy school a bit easier for me,” Alumni Weekend Dean’s Reception. Brent said. ”When I left practice, I had to immediately go home and get my homework But he did get to serve as team capand studying done. If it wasn’t for foottain during Ole Miss’ homecoming ball, I would have procrastinated more game that year, along with football and my grades would have taken a hit greats Peria Jerry and Mike Wallace. multiple times.” The achievement Brent cherishes As a scholar-athlete, Teresa Haymost, though, is receiving the pharman Crum (BSPh 88) of Canton, a formacy school’s Amie Ewing Memorial mer member of both women’s track Award, given annually to a student exand women’s basketball teams, was hibiting the traits Ewing exemplified in a league of her own. She entered while a pharmacy student. Ewing died her sophomore season with the Lady in 2004 after being struck by a car on Rebels with a 4.0 grade-point average Highway 6 in Oxford, following a night earned during the previous basketball game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. season. Her junior year, she not only A portion of the highway is now the sunk 90 percent of her free throws, the “Amie Ewing Memorial Highway.” best in the Southeastern Conference, “Amie was a dedicated pharmacy but also earned Academic All-SEC student and athlete at Ole Miss, so honors. By then, she had made the it meant a lot to me to receive this Chancellor’s Honor Roll four times and award,” Brent said. the Dean’s List once. Her final season Cooper, who played with the Lady with the Rebels, Crum also earned AcRebels from 1987 to ’90, earned an ademic All-SEC with another 4.0 GPA. SEC Freshman of the Year award and Excelling at athletics and academwas named to the SEC All-Freshman ics, Crum said, required “organizing Team her rookie season. She won simiyour time, getting things done on time lar honors as a sophomore and a junior. or ahead of time, staying focused on During her four seasons with the your goals, self-discipline and knowLady Rebels, the team compiled a 94ing that you have to put out way more 30 record and made four NCAA Tourthan others.” nament appearances, including one But doing so has its benefits. Today, trip to the Elite Eight and three to the Crum is a wife, mother of two (Melanie, Sweet Sixteen. 14, and Joseph, 11) and director of pharCooper was inducted into the Mmacy at the University (of Mississippi) Club Athletic Hall of Fame in ’04 and Hospital and Clinics in Holmes County. represented Ole Miss in the ’05 SEC Brent, a member of the SEC AcaGreats Program, which honors one demic Honor Roll his sophomore and outstanding female student-athlete junior seasons, was redshirted and from each conference school at the didn’t get to play as a freshman in ’07. SEC tourney each March.

Kimsey O’Neal Cooper

Teresa Hayman Crum sank 90 percent of her free throws during her junior year. Cooper was similarly successful off the court. In addition to being a member of the Rebel 3.0 Club, in 1990, she became the first black student to be voted Miss Ole Miss by the entire student body. Crum was named Lady Rebel Scholar Athlete all of her four years with the team. She also received the Lady M Club’s Scholastic Achievement Award and was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi (the national honor society for all academic disciplines) and Rho Chi (pharmacy’s national academic honor society). Those honors were earned while completing her pre-pharmacy curriculum. While completing the




professional portion of the program, she received the Pharmacognosy Award, earned a Taylor Medal (the university’s highest academic award) and was inducted in the pharmacy school’s student Hall of Fame. That level of scholastic achievement didn’t mean she had zero time for fun. “Some of my best memories from pharmacy school are playing intramural sports with Kappa Epsilon (pharmacy’s professional fraternity),” Crum said. “We played flag football, volleyball and softball. We always had great teams, and it was great fun.” So, too, was the annual KE Halloween party and Pharmacy Olympics at Sardis Lake. “We enjoyed dressing in costumes, and even some of the professors came dressed in costumes,” she said, but Pharmacy Olympics “was the highlight of the year for me.” For Brent, fun also included KE’s Womanless Beauty Pageant, especially when “our favorite professors participated” in the annual charity fundraiser. Memories of such activities hold a special place in the hearts of most of the pharmacy school’s graduates, as do helpful and understanding teachers. After a particularly grueling pharmacology test, Cooper remembers medicinal chemistry professor Ronald F. Borne telling her class that there “is no better place on Earth to be than here on the Ole Miss campus walking across the beautiful Grove.” “He helped me put life into perspective,” she said. “I appreciate him to this day for that.” Crum appreciates the school’s faculty and staff for understanding just how chaotic a student-athlete’s schedule can be. “The faculty was so supportive during my time at Ole Miss,” she said. “They understood I had a hectic travel schedule, and they were always willing to work with me. I always felt that


I was supported in every way by every professor, and that truly made a difference.” Todd Sandroni (BSPh 92, PharmD 97) of Tupelo, now director of Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi’s Cardiovascular Risk Management Clinic, said he met “many great students and professors, such as Ron Borne, Tom Brown (pharmacy administration) and Marvin Wilson (pharmacology), who have remained lifelong friends.” Sandroni, who earned Academic All-SEC each of his four years with the football Rebels and was named to its All-Century Team, once had to attend summer school so he could work out with the team. That summer, Wilson allowed Sandroni to help with a pharmacology research project. “I had to pick rats out of a cage and take each one to the researchers, so they could inject a drug,” Sandroni said. “On my first day, a rat snapped at me, and I threw it down. Needless to say, the researchers laughed at me.” In addition to making memories and friends to last a lifetime, Sandroni, Brent, Cooper and Crum acquired some valuable life lessons while studying pharmacy and participating in intercollegiate athletics. Brent learned to make the most of every minute, and to ”give every day everything you have.” Crum learned that you must be passionate about what you do; otherwise, it’s easy to lose your focus. “When you have been given a talent or ability for something, God will enable you to accomplish big things,” she said. “Self-discipline is a huge part of being successful, but so is passion.” None of these scholar-athletes can imagine studying pharmacy at Ole Miss without participating in their chosen sport. Many others probably feel the same way, including Julie Baumann (PharmD 06) of Hernando, a pharmacist for Walgreen’s in Senatobia, who was a designated hitter for the women’s softball team, and her college roommate, Lindsay Price Smith

(PharmD 06) of Madison, who was the team’s pitcher and now spends time between Madison and Oakland, Calif., because her husband, Seth, plays baseball for the Oakland As. A list of School of Pharmacy scholar-athletes follows, and Cooper sums up how most of them probably feel. “I wouldn’t trade my experience at Ole Miss for anything,” she said, because it’s what “made me the person I am today. Hotty Toddy!”

Pharmacy Scholar-Athletes Student-Athlete....... Year Graduated...... Sport Ray Alexander..........................1996................... Football and Basketball Carl Aron.....................................1961.................... Tennis Misty Ballard........................... 2004.................. Rifle Karen Barbiero.........................1989................... Tennis Stein Baughman......................1959................... Baseball Julie Baumann........................ 2004.................. Softball Bobby Boyd...............................1968................... Football and Basketball Zack Brent................................. 2010................... Football Ward Brister..............................1972................... Baseball Jerry Bynum...............................1964................... Baseball and Basketball Bob Cain.....................................1967................... Baseball Bill Calhoun...............................1989................... Football Rachelle Carter.......................1994................... Volleyball Fran Chandler..........................1985................... Tennis Andrew Clark...........................2003.................. Baseball Kimsey Cooper.........................1994................... Basketball Teresa Crum..............................1988................... Basketball Wayne Dawson........................1955................... Tennis Tiffany Denton.........................2003.................. Basketball Art Doty.......................................1962................... Football Amie Ewing...............................2003.................. Volleyball Kelly Gable...............................2002.................. Track Diana Gabriel..........................2002.................. Track Barry Gaddis............................1976.................... Baseball Kristen Goehring-Lee............1996................... Basketball Bill Haywood.............................1979................... Baseball Randy Hoover.......................... 1980................... Tennis Claudia Horne...........................1981.................... Softball Polly Jackson............................1984................... Softball Clint Johnson............................1958................... Tennis Van Lee........................................1966................... Golf Lee Lott.......................................1993................... Football Corey McEwen........................ 2010................... Track Joachim McKinney.................1997................... Rifle Terry Miller.................................1976.................... Football Thomas Morris.........................1969................... Baseball Lauren Mullins.........................2007.................. Track Greely Nash..............................1953................... Unknown Dante Oliver..........................Current................ Track Rachelle Paul............................1994................... Volleyball Henry Rose.................................1949................... Football Shellie Rothstein......................1978................... Tennis Helen Russell.............................1983................... Softball Todd Sandroni..........................1992................... Football Lindsay Smith......................... 2004.................. Softball Robby Smith..............................1989................... Football Frances Spencer......................1985................... Tennis Al Vowell.....................................1976.................... Football Nancy Wilson............................1987................... Softball Thomas Woods.......................2007.................. Soccer Daniel Wright......................... 2008.................. Football





Pharmacy students traveling to Ingomar Attendance Center to talk about diabetes risk and prevention are (from left) Ashley Hale, Christa Curtis, Riley Krus, Gabe Hinojosa, Christopher Davis and Emily Carrell.

Change Agents Students participate in ‘Operation Diabetes’ initiative Ole Miss pharmacy stu-

dents are taking action to educate high school students about diabetes. “It’s no secret that Mississippi is the highest ranked state for people with obesity and Type 2 diabetes,” said Ashley Hale of New Albany. “We think the best way to increase awareness and prevent more cases of Type 2 diabetes in our state is to reach out to young people.” Hale, along with Emily Carrell of West Salem, Wis., Christa Curtis of Nesbit, Riley Krus of St. Louis, Mo., and Gabe Hinojosa of Picayune, went to Ingomar Attendance Center in New Albany in February to speak to seventh through 12th-graders about diabetes. Their presentation was in conjunction with “Operation Diabetes,” a nationwide American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists initiative encouraging pharmacists and

student pharmacists to increase overall awareness of diabetes and the role that pharmacists play in preventing and managing the disease. Carrell spoke to Ingomar students about the different types of diabetes and their effects on the body. “What you can do to lower your risk for having Type 2 diabetes later in life is to start with a healthier lifestyle,” Carrell told the students. “My 15-year-old sister, who is a sophomore in high school like some of you, was diagnosed with Type 1 at 11 years old,” Curtis told the students. “This is something I know a lot about.” Ingomar seventh-grader Richard Murry said that he learned a lot from the presentation. “I learned about how you can have Type 1 diabetes from a young age and how you can get Type 2 diabetes as you get older,” he said.

Pharmacy students Emily Carrell and Ashley Hale teach Dione Golden (right), an 11th-grader at Ingomar Attendance Center, about healthy eating. Kenneth Roberts, Ingomar’s principal, said, “My goal with this visit was for our students and faculty to listen to the presentation and catch on and say, ‘Hey, this is a real problem.’ I hope it encourages them to start eating better, exercising and leading healthier lives.”







Life after Retirement

Mickey Smith publishes fourth book since calling it ‘quits’ Mickey C. Smith

Mickey C. Smith, F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Administration


By Barbara Lago

, the University of Mississippi’s F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Administration, is one of the world’s most read and respected pharmaceutical marketing experts. Before retiring, he had published some 450 research and professional papers, written or edited 22 books and helped found the Journal of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management. Since his retirement in 2003, Smith has published four more books. His latest is Hello. I’m Charlie Hartman, which is available at Square Books in Oxford for $10 a copy. The book is about the late Charles W. Hartman, dean of the UM School of Pharmacy from 1961 until his death in a tragic automobile accident in 1970. “It is generally agreed that in (Hartman’s) brief time as dean, he took the school from being understaffed and underfunded to a position of national prominence,” Smith said. “He secured funding for Faser Hall, pharmacy’s first home. He also established the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.” Those who knew Dean Hartman and remember him fondly as “Charlie” will get a kick out of learning how he established a science library in Faser Hall and held a groundbreaking ceremony for the building after campus administrators told him he couldn’t. “‘Visionary’ is the term often used to describe Hartman,” Smith said. “However, he was more than just a man with good ideas. He was a doer. He wanted to see things through to their conclusion, even if it meant ‘bending’ a few rules. He had a kind of charisma that made people get on board with him.” The book contains remembrances from the late John Leslie, Hartman’s personal friend and Oxford’s longtime mayor, as well as contributions from Hartman’s daughter, Jan, and former Mississippi Gov. William Winter. Smith first became acquainted with Hartman while working on his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration at Ole Miss in the early ’60s. He grew to know him well after returning to campus in 1966 to begin his 37-year teaching, research and publishing career, which helped put the School of Pharmacy’s pharmaceutical marketing —Donna West-Strum and management program on the map. Smith’s first book to find its way into print was Principles of Pharmaceutical Marketing in 1966. He wrote the book at age 30 because there was no textbook available for the marketing course he taught.

Dr. Smith is a legacy ... He is a prolific writer and has contributed greatly to the pharmaceutical marketing literature.”



A companion text of readings followed the next year. The first of five editions of Smith’s most widely used textbook, Pharmacy, Drugs and Medical Care, debuted in 1972. Smith’s other books include several editions of the Handbook of Institutional Pharmacy Practice (co-edited with UM pharmacy colleague Thomas R. Brown); Pharmacy Practice, Social and Behavioral Aspects; Casebook in Social and Behavioral Pharmacy; and Small Comfort, A History of the Minor Tranquilizers. A little more than a year after Smith became its founding editor in 1986, the Journal of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management was adopted by the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and was distributed worldwide for 21 years. “As a graduate student and later as a young faculty member, Mickey’s publications were a great inspiration for me personally and for everyone involved with the department,” said Benjamin F. Banahan III, director of the school’s Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management. “When I first started in pharmaceutical marketing, everyone I met knew of Mickey Smith. His reputation was a great asset in building our research program; everybody knew about Mickey.” Throughout his career, Smith was involved in the groundwork of some major pharmaceutical decisions. He conducted studies with pharmacists on such issues as generic substitution before it was even considered an issue. He was also involved in research to discover pharmacists’ response to switching several drugs from prescription to over-the-counter status, including ibuprofen, hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl and Actifed. The first study he conducted involved the economics of adverse drug reactions. In ensuing years, he studied such topics as drug use among AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) families, the consequences of a Medicaid formulary and determinants of medication use among the elderly. Just six years after receiving his doctorate, Smith was promoted to full professor and chair of his department, which he molded into one of the nation’s best. He led the department until 1985, when he stepped down to concentrate on research, writing and teaching, at which he excelled. “Dr. Smith is a legacy,” said Donna West-Strum, the department’s current chair. “We owe him much for establishing this department as one of the best pharmacy administration departments in the country. He is a prolific writer and has contributed greatly to the pharmaceutical marketing literature.” Four years after stepping down as chair, the university rewarded Smith’s research, writing and teaching excellence by naming him one of its eight inaugural Barnard Distinguished Professors. “These university-wide professorships honored only internationally renowned faculty members,” said Alice M. Clark, vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. “The year Dr. Smith received his Barnard professorship, he was in excellent company.” Even after retiring from Ole Miss, Smith has been unable to resist the impulse to publish, especially when it comes to the history of pharmacy. In 2005, he published The Rexall Story: A History of Genius and Neglect, and in 2006, his Pharmacy Education at the University of Mississippi: Sketches, Highlights, and Memories made it into print. He published his favorite book, How Fibber McGee and Molly Won World War II, in 2011. To find out how the couple did it, read the book, or call Smith at 662-234-5335. He’d love to hear from his former colleagues and students.

Donna West-Strum

A Vote of Confidence West-Strum becomes chair-elect of APhA-APRS

Donna West-Strum

, professor and chair of pharmacy administration, has been elected chair-elect of the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). The section incorporates members with interests in health-services research, policy and administration, especially those affecting pharmaceutical treatments and pharmaceutical care. West-Strum was installed as chair-elect at the 2013 APhA annual meeting in Los Angeles. “As chair, I will be working with section members across the country to advocate for the profession, specifically in the provision of advanced pharmacy services in all practice settings, including accountable care organizations,” West-Strum said. “It will be important that we provide evidence that pharmacists play a critical role in health care.”



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A Capital Idea School hosts first Community Pharmacy Forum The School of Pharmacy hosted its first

Community Pharmacy Forum April 1 to bring Mississippi pharmacists, educators and students together to discuss the current state of community pharmacy. Sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, the event consisted of roundtable discussions followed by a panel discussion. “We were so pleased to host our first Community Pharmacy Forum,” said David D. Allen, the school’s dean. “We had a great turnout and lots of positive feedback. I am especially thankful for Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s sponsorship that made this event a reality.” Discussion topics ranged from innovations in community pharmacy to the role of the pharmacist in 10 years.

Mike Quick, national vice president for Good Neighbor Pharmacy Development, believes that it is imperative to get students interested in community pharmacy. “One of the biggest problems for independent pharmacy is that many of our current owners are getting to the age of retirement,” Quick said. “We need to get our young pharmacists interested in community pharmacy.” Allen said he believes that the event resulted in meaningful conversation about pharmacy today. “Community pharmacy is the foundation of my career and an integral part of the profession of pharmacy,” he said. “The forum was a great opportunity to sit down as a group, work together and formulate ideas.”

The April 1 Community Pharmacy Forum in Jackson drew pharmacists from around the state to discuss issues related to community pharmacy.

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